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Labelexpo Europe 2003 Was 'Best-Attended Yet'

According to Tarsus, the event sponsor, Labelexpo Europe 2003 closed on a high note in terms of volume and quality of attendees—with over 20,000 attendees, "making it the best attended Labelexpo yet."

Kampf GmbH to Take Over KKA Kleinewefers Anlagen GmbH

Kampf GmbH & Co. Maschinenfabrik reports it is taking over the business establishments of KKA Kleinewefers Anlagen GmbH in Munich and Krefeld, Germany.

Esko-Graphics Launches Semi-Auto Version of Cyrel Digital Imager

Esko-Graphics reports the launch of a semi-automatic version of the Cyrel digital imager (CDI) Advance platesetter. According to the packaging software/solutions mfr., the new system features a trolley and lift system that raises the flexo plate to a plate-loading table for easy mounting on the drum.

New Gravure Textbook Available

The Gravure Association of America Inc. (GAA) and the Gravure Education Foundation (GEF) announce the release of a new textbook.

Graph Expo News: NPES Enhances Greater China Project with Cal Poly's GrCI and I.O. Technologies

NPES, the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies, announced plans for an ambitious web-based online training and education program Sunday at Graph Expo and Converting Expo here in Chicago.

Green Bay Packaging Folding Carton Div. Achieves 10 Yrs with No Lost-Time Accidents

Green Bay Packaging reports its folding carton division has achieved 10 years with no lost-time accidents.

SVC TechCon Paper Deadline Looming: October 1, 2003

The Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) says interested parties have until next Thursday, October 1, 2003, to submit abstracts for its April 2004 Technical Conference/Smart Materials Symposium.

PLGA Offers October Conference: Technology That Reduces Costs

The Packaging & Label Gravure Association (PLGA) announces two upcoming conferences.

Agfa's Graphic Enterprise Taking Prepress Higher at Graph Expo

Graph Expo and Converting Expo kicked off Sunday in Chicago's McCormick Place, and among the graphic arts industry suppliers demonstrating newly updated prepress technology is Belgium-based Agfa. The company says, at its booth, #4041...

Getting Lean in the Face of Change: Cal Poly Raine Consulting Sponsor Executive Leadership Workshops

Manufacturing in the US these days is a tough business. Foreign and domestic competition, tight margins, and fluctuating currency can take a toll on any manufacturing operation.

AIMCAL Fall Tech Conference Room Block Expires 9/25/03

Those planning to attend the fall vacuum web coating technical conference of the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL)...

Flex Pack Loses Industry Vet Visionary: Grover L. Foote

The flexible packaging industry regretfully lost an industry visionary and leader on September 21, 2003. Grover L. Foote, a graduate of the University of Illinois, a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and founder of the consulting firm Packaging Partners Ltd., passed away last weekend.

100 Recycled Paperboard Makes 'Great' Strides

The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance says 2003 has been a good year for the 100% recycled paperboard industry.

Dow to Up Prices on Surfactants

The Dow Chemical Company reports, as of October 1, 2003 (or as contracts allow), it will increase all off-schedule prices for Tergitol, Triton NPE and OPE, Industrial and Sentry Carbowax PEG and MPEG products.

PEF Elects Four Packaging Pros to Packaging Hall of Fame

Members of the Packaging Education Forum (PEF) have elected four packaging professionals into the Packaging Hall of Fame. Those packaging professionals named to the Class of 2003 include: William H. Archibald, William R. Armstrong, Richard G. Lee, and Arnie Orloski Jr.

Spartanics to Premiere Die Cut, Color Match Products at Graph Expo

Spartanics announces it will premiere its optically registered, wide format, die cutting system, among other new products, at the upcoming Graph Expo and Converting Expo trade show.

BBA Group to Acquire Italian Nonwoven Manufacturer Tecnofibra Spa

BBA Group plc recently announced an agreement under which it will acquire the privately owned Italian nonwoven manufacturer Tecnofibra Spa. According to BBA Group, it will buy Tecnofibra for Euro 31.8 million "on a debt-free, cash-free basis." Completion of the sale is expected by the end of 2003.

U.K. Specialty Papermaker James Cropper Joins NPTA Alliance

United Kingdom-based specialty papermaker James Cropper reports it has joined the NPTA alliance, "a unique network of distributors and manufacturers dedicated to developing and strengthening the paper trade in North America."

Protect Your Brand: Appleton to Share Security Tips at Labelexpo

The International Chamber of Commerce estimates 5 to 7 percent of world trade is counterfeit, costing businesses US $500-700 million annually.

Creo Acquires Litho Plate Operation, Launches Positive Thermal Plate Line

Creo reports it will manufacture, sell, and support its own lithographic thermal printing plates. Late last week, the company's board of directors voted to "yes" to Creo's plan to acquire First Graphics Ltd., a plate manufacturing facility based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa....

New Harper Div. Provides Tech Support and Service for Flexo

Harper Corp. of America announces the launch of its Harper Graphic Solutions (HGS) division to provide additional technical support to the flexographic printing industry.

Elite Cameron Biz 'Alive and Back in Business'

TS Converting Equipment reports it has acquired the business assets and intellectual property of Elite Cameron following a voluntary liquidation earlier this year.

Sonoco to Sell High Density Film Biz

Global packaging company Sonoco reports it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its high density film business to Hilex Poly Co. LLC for approximately USD 123 million.

Esko-Graphics and Design2Launch to Develop Software That Cuts Packaging Cycle Time

Esko-Graphics and Design2Launch report plans to jointly develop "next-generation" tools to automate and speed the creative and production cycle in packaging goods product development.

Dunwoody to Demo New Flexo Workflows at Open House

Dunwoody College of Technology reports it will hold its open house "Welcome to the New Age of Flexo Workflows" on October 21 and 22, 2003.

Agfa to Demo Packaging Version of Apogee at Labelexpo in Brussels

Agfa reports it will demonstrate its latest developments in workflow software, proofing, and screening technology for packaging and label applications at Labelexpo, slated for Sept. 24-27, 2003, Parc des Expositions, Brussels, Belgium.

Brckner Enters Growing Russian Film Market with Novatek Install

Brückner reports it has decided to enter the Russian BO (biaxially oriented) film market, adding it is the "very first" to do so. According to the co., it has contracted with Moscow-based OAO Novatek for a complete turnkey BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene) plant.

Pack Expo LV Venue for New Toray Films

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. says it will showcase "innovative packaging films that create excitement on retail shelves" at the upcoming Pack Expo Las Vegas (October 13 - 15, 2003).

2008 Drupa Dates Announced

Messe Düsseldorf and specialized section for printing and paper equipment and supplies within the German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers Association (VDMA) announce the dates for Drupa 2008, the 14th print media trade fair: The event is slated for May 29 - June 11, 2008, at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

A Cure for the Common Marketing Technique

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a known leader in headache relief, but as the company recently prepared to introduce a “melt-in-your-mouth” formulation of its popular Excedrin headache medication, it was in need of a cure for the common marketing technique.

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